Oc­to­ber 30, 1853, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Jan­u­ary 29, 1931, Swan­age, Dor­set, Eng­land.

Ros­lin (near Ed­in­burgh), Scot­land.


Mathams went to sea early in life, and for a while joined the gold rush in the Ca­na­di­an Yu­kon. On re­turn­ing to Eng­land through Pal­es­tine, he be­gan stu­dy­ing for the min­is­try.

In 1874, he en­tered the Re­gent’s Park Bap­tist Col­lege, and sub­se­quent­ly be­came pas­tor at Pres­ton, Lan­ca­shire. In 1879, his health fail­ing, he went for a while to Aus­tral­ia and oth­er plac­es.

Returning to Eng­land, he be­came, in 1883, mi­ni­ster at Fal­kirk, Scot­land, and at Birm­ing­ham in 1888. He en­tered the min­is­try of the Es­tab­lished Church of Scot­land in 1900, and served for three years as chap­lain to the Scot­tish 1st Bat­tal­ion, Sea­forth High­lan­ders, in the Egyp­tian cam­paign (1903–06). In 1906, he be­came an as­so­ci­ate min­is­ter at Stron­say, in the Ork­ney Is­lands.

In 1909, he was or­dained a full min­is­ter at St. Co­lum­ba’s Church, Mal­laig, on the north­west Scot­tish coast. In 1919, he re­tired and moved to Ros­lin, Scot­land.

Af­ter his wife Al­exa Jane died, he moved to Swan­age, Dor­set.

His works in­clude:

  1. Bright Falls the Morn­ing Light
  2. Captain and Com­rade of Us All
  3. Christ of the Up­ward Way
  4. From Heights Where God Is Reign­ing
  5. Gentle Je­sus, Full of Grace
  6. Go, Work for God, and Do Not Say
  7. God Has Come from Na­za­reth
  8. God Is with Us
  9. God Loves the Lit­tle Spar­rows
  10. Jesus, Friend of Lit­tle Child­ren
  11. Lord Je­sus Christ! for Love of Thee
  12. My Heart, O God, Be Who­lly Thine
  13. No Room for Thee, Lord Je­sus
  14. Now in the Days of Youth
  15. O Christ, Sweet Rose of Shar­on
  16. Reign in My Heart, Great God
  17. Sailing on the Ocean
  18. Stand Fast for Christ Thy Sav­ior